For this series, we will examine the basic elements of creating floral arrangements. We’ll also dive deep into the details of designing and assembling flower arrangements.
In Part 1, we talk about the know-hows in processing, maintaining and storing flowers. We reveal how to keep them fresh, coupled with other plants in your garden or store. This way, they bloom in full beauty for each customer that walks in!
Check out the next article in this series! We’ll look into various types of flowers and ornamental plants. We’ll also show the types of unique and personal arrangements that last long.
Interested in programs about the principles of designing floral arrangements? We recommend schools like the American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org). and the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org).
How to Process, Store, and Maintain Flowers.
Every florist knows that keeping flowers fresh is their # 1 goal. Over the years, we’ve tried and tested different measures to help keep flowers fresh for longer.
With that, we discovered three major points in maintaining flowers! Here are some tips to keep flowers fresh in any weather:
- Temperature Control
One of the most important ways to enjoy long-lasting blooms is to keep them cool. It’s also critical to keep them out of direct sunlight.
Most flower shops keep at least one refrigerated cooler. Some also have storage units to help keep flowers cool and fresh at 36-46 ° F.
Florists also place arrangements in the freezer until they’re sold or sent off for delivery. This helps keep the flowers in top shape until they’re handed off to the customer or their recipient.
Bigger businesses invest in cooling trucks. Others keep 36-46 ° F in smaller vehicles. By doing this, they can keep clients’ orders fresh despite hours of travel.
- Fresh Water and Wide Storage
We all know it’s necessary to change the water in flowers’ vases. Many people do this a few times a week.
It’s different for people who make a living on these lovely blooms, though. Preserving freshness for a long time is more urgent to them.
This way, they can always present blooming arrangements for their clients. Because of this, changing the water in flower buckets on a daily basis is practice.
Florists store blooms in buckets and large containers. They separate them by species, color, size, and scent. This avoids unwanted bacteria growth which leads to wilting.
They also change the water on a regular basis. But they clean the buckets first before refilling. This makes sure flowers remain fresh and free from disease.
- Clean, Sharp Cuts
By now, we know how vital it is to defend precious blooms from germs and bacteria. An effective way to do this is by cleaning all cutting tools.
Make sure to wash and clear away residue from your scissors and shears. Rinse them under running water with bleach or dish washing soap. It’s smart to do this before trimming your blooms’ stems.
Also, don’t forget to cut flowers at an angle before placing them in water. Cut them again before sending them out for delivery. Trimming off wilting ends lets them to take in water at a healthy rate. This keeps blooms fresh and lively for your customers!